Audition and dancer information
Nutcracker Company Memo
Here’s a copy of the important information all dancers received during rehearsals Nov. 11-12. The procedures govern our use of The Grand during performance week and will answer many of your questions. Download the PDF.
Nutcracker 2023 Dancer Packet
If you have auditioned, you may have already received this important information, but this packet has it all in one place. You’ll find a note about casting, costume requirements, costume fitting, parents’ overview, notice of parents’ meeting, and the studio rehearsal schedule. Download the PDF.
New parking for rehearsals
Please download this PDF for details.
Nutcracker Grand Opera House schedule
Instructions for tech/final rehearsals and performances at the Grand, Dec. 3-10. Download the PDF.
Frequently asked questions
A. All dancers auditioning must be currently enrolled in a dance school. The youngest roles [Jesters, Jack-in-the-Box, soldiers, Angels, Little Boys, Fritz, Cavalry, Mice, Maids, Heralds, Dragon] must be 8 years old as of September 1, 2023. For Little Girl, dancers must be 12 years old by September 1. For roles en pointe, dancers must be at least 13 and have pointe experience.
A. Unfortunately, because we have such an incredibly short time to prepare for production, we can’t allow absences or late arrivals for rehearsals, costume fittings, parent meetings and performances. If cast, you’ll be asked for your commitment to attend all required activities.
A. We have two audition dates, and they are for specific roles. Please check the audition table above, and download the audition and cast PDFs for more details. On audition day at the dance center at 117 Orange Street, Macon, just arrive in time to check in 30 minutes before your scheduled audition. The registration fee for each dancer is $10. If you have any other questions, call The Jean Evans Weaver Center for Dance, 478-259-7881.
A. Dancers should bring a 4×6 headshot (Girls wear hair in bun).
Dress: leotards and tights for girls; boys may wear shorts.
Shoes: Little Girl auditions and male dancers [Prince, Nutcracker or Harlequin] should wear flat ballet shoes. Female dancers [Clara, Columbine, Harlequin, Snow, Spanish, Chinese, Marzipan and Flowers] will be in pointe shoes.
A. In addition to your audition, many of the roles have very specific costume or performance requirements. Call us or look for the audition details when announced. Dancers with en pointe roles remain en pointe the entire audition, which is a master class.
Jesters: Must be able to do straight-leg cartwheel and split. Maximum height 4’8”
Jack-in-the-Box: Must be a gymnast
Soldiers: Dancers must be between 4’3” and 4’10”
Angels: Girls must be between 4’3” and 5’2”
Little Boys and Fritz: Boys must be between 4’3” and 5’5”
Cavalry: Dancers must be between 4’3” and 4’8”
Mice: Dancer must be between 3’10” and 4’4”
Maids: Girls must be between 5’1” and 5’6”
Heralds: Dancers must be between 5’ and 5’6”
Dragons: Dancers must be 5’ and up
Little Girl: Must be between 4’4” and 5’4” with dance experience
Adult roles [Judge and Frau Silberhaus, Young Lady, Young Soldier, Ladies, Gentlemen and Rats]
Everyone who auditions will receive an email with results. If you’re cast, you’ll know by 5 pm the next day (Sunday), and you must respond by email [firstname.lastname@example.org] no later than 9 pm that day or the role will be recast.